This week, I saw Eureka live on the Sci Fi Channel like the rest of the mortals. No sneak peak here.
Exploitative parents, high school has-beens, and mean girls in Eureka? Strangely enough, yes to all of the above. A not so ordinary science fair seems to bring out the worst in some students, a parent, and the anxieties of a science fair winner from the past. As usual, Carter gets drawn into the case due to some quirky circumstances.
A funny moment is when Carter goes to the gym to impress Allison. The local gym, like most places in Eureka, is high tech. Carter grappling with some odd technology of the week is one thing, but since he isnt a gym bunny, his workout clothes are on loan from the gym: a tank top with RELAX across the chest and black and white vertical striped shorts. This has got to be some kind of 80s fashion joke from Wardrobe. As for Nathan Stark, he does work out (and thats something that was evident at Comic-Con).
After the gym visit, an incident caused by irresponsible parenting draws Carter into the case of the shooting stars. Despite his clumsy fathering moments, its safe to say hes not the culprit. However, someones child rearing skills is suspect, and its taken to a high tech level.
In Eureka, the mean girls are smart. In a town where most adults are highly intelligent and their children are infinitely smarter, these girls are super geniuses. Needless to say, theyre not nice about it, especially to Zoe. This episode, though, reveals some nice surprises for Zoe in how she measures up.
Many towns are littered with former star high school football players, but Eurekas full of former science fair winners. As shown in previous episodes, science fair alums, like anyone else in Eureka, are capable of a lot of damage. There arent any former high school Wii baseball players (see Blink for the ball game) who are out to run away from or reclaim their high tech fame. Then again, virtual sports players dont serve this story, but the parallels to juvenile athletic glory are there (or spelling bee winners).
Much of the technology in Eureka so far has been reminiscent of something shown on Star Trek, but its nice to see that theyve gotten more inventive in this episode. The gym technology is one thing, but device responsible for freak incident of the week is quite another. Im not giving it away. Youre just going to have to watch and find out.
Maybe next week, we’ll get to see some Carter skin. That’s what the trailer implies, anway.
Stay tuned this Friday for Flash Gordon on the Sci Fi Channel, 9pm local time.